"We can awaken while dying but we can also awaken while cleaning the cat sand. Perhaps the most deeply held justification we have for delaying our complete awakening is our belief that death is somehow transformational, or that our efforts to live a good life will be rewarded at that time....But what sense would it make for Love to wait for our organs to fail before stepping into bless us? It doesn't matter whether you view reported "near death experiences" scientifically or mystically, now continues to be the only time you can know God. And awareness of God is infinitely rewarding. The ego doesn't fade away merely because the body dies, and the eternal doesn't become more present after death. Why would it? Don't put off heaven. It surrounds you this very instant."~ Hugh Prather..Spiritual Notes to Myself.
"Your grief for what you’ve lost lifts a mirrorup to where you’re bravely working.Expecting the worst, you look, and instead,here’s the joyful face you’ve been wanting to see.Your hand opens and closes and opens and closes.if it were always a fist or always stretched open,you would be paralyzed.Your deepest presence is in every small contractingand expanding,The two as beautifully balanced and coordinatedas birdwings." ~ Rumi
Sometimes we have to move away from that which we love the most. Love then seeps into areas untouched, melting hardened boulders strategically placed around the heart. A lifetime of experiences may twist and shape us but cannot contain us once we have pulled our heart out, exposed and free of shame or fear. Love returns us to our true home within.